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Top Choice Monastery in Solovetsky Islands

Solovetsky Transfiguration Monastery

This imposing, stone-walled monastery is the heart and soul of the Solovetsky Islands. Founded in 1429, it has played various roles throughout its existence: a hermit's retreat, a vibrant religious community, a rebe…
Top Choice Historic Site in Solovetsky Islands

Gora Sekirnaya

Literally translated as Hatchet Mountain, this infamous 71m-high hill was the site of tortures and summary executions described in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. The unassuming hilltop Ascension Church …
Top Choice Island in Solovetsky Islands

Bolshoy Zayatsky Island

This small, wind-whipped island is famous for its 13 labyrinths, including the largest one in northern Russia. A boardwalk loops around the island from the dockside wooden church. Bolshoy Zayatsky Island was used fo…
Top Choice Russian in Solovetsky Islands

Izba

Don't let Izba's cutesy log-cabin-with-folky-embroidered-curtains interior fool you – this restaurant at Solovki Hotel serves the most sophisticated fare on the island, from cod poached in milk and expertly grilled …
Historic Site in Solovetsky Islands

Anzer Island

The second-largest island in the archipelago, Anzer Island has its share of stone labyrinths and burial mounds, as well as a scattering of monastic sketes, the oldest dating back to the 17th century. One of these wa…
Museum in Solovetsky Islands

Solovetsky Forced Labour Camps & Prison 1920–1939

Inside former gulag barracks, this excellent exposition (in Russian) takes you through the different stages of the Solovetsky gulag – from punishing 'counter-revoluntionary elements' and providing a slave labour for…
Island in Solovetsky Islands

Bolshaya Muksalma Island

The third largest of the Solovetsky Islands, Bolshaya Muksalma is connected to the main island by a dam built by monks in the 19th century. It's an impressive sight and the trip here passes through some eye-catching…
Gardens in Solovetsky Islands

Botanical Garden

Around 3km northwest of the village, the botanical garden enjoys a special microclimate – monks have grown vegetables and hothouse fruits here for centuries. For views, climb nearby Alexander Hill, topped by the min…
Museum in Solovetsky Islands

Archaeological Exhibition

Contains exhibits detailing the history of the monastery, including the ruins of monks' cells dating from the 16th century.
Church in Solovetsky Islands

Annunciation Church

This tiny but magnificently mural-covered church dates from 1601.